Ulf Grahn (1942-)

Silence behind the Veil for two percussionists

  • Year of composition: 2006
  • Work category: Percussion ensemble
  • First performed: 16 November, 2007, at 8:00 p.m. New Music Festival, Concert 5. The Queens College Percussion Ensemble
  • Duration: 10 min


Instruments [according to the composer]
Player 1
1 Tambour de Basque
5 Temple Blocks
3 Suspended Cymbles (high medium low) 1 talking Drum
3 Tom Tom
2 Gongs
Player 2
1 Tambour de Basque 2 Bongos
2 Timbale
1 Talking Drum
3 Triangolos (high medium low) 5 Cow Bells
1 Tam Tam

Description of work

A piece for two percussionists sitting on the floor with a screen between them, and with a faint blue light shining on the two musicians


Listen to the piece

Work comment

The two players should be set up on each side of the stage, facing each other.
The dynamics should stay within the pp range unless otherwise indicated.
The sticks should be two-tone or one, whichever will give the best sound.
It should be a soft-spoken, whispering dialogue between the two players.
The tempo should not be any faster than a quaver = 60 BPM.